Ron Taffel • Saturday Afternoon
location: FORUM ROOM
The key to effective therapy with youth is turning parents into our allies. But establishing a rapport with parents can be tough, especially if they’re locked into intense conflict with their kids and have little faith in the therapy process.
This workshop will offer powerful developmentally based interventions for defusing parental hostility and defensiveness and creating a therapeutic alliance with them.
You’ll learn how to:
- Make parents feel understood, supported, and empowered through an empathic, time-efficient history taking
- Create exercises to dislodge family secrets and cut loose from ingrained negative attitudes and behavior patterns that undermine treatment
- Help parents find “Sparks of Life” that connect them to their kids and help them problem-solve while steering clear of divisive power struggles
Ron Taffel, PhD, is chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York. His books include Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents: Uncommon Wisdom for Child Professionals and Childhood Unbound: Authoritative Parenting for the 21st Century.